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Grants and Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships

Who would say “no” to free money? 

The opportunity to study abroad may come around once in a lifetime. While it offers students the chance to expand their personal and academic horizons, we understand that finances play a major role in the decision-making process. With that in mind, St. John’s offers substantial grants to make semester-length study abroad more affordable. These grants are based entirely on need and eligible students can receive up to $6,000 in additional aid against their respective program fee (Western Europe Semester: $8,990; Discover Paris/Rome: $8,490, etc.) in order to make their international education dreams a reality – without the financial burden. Students will be notified of their eligibility via paper letter and e-mail twice per academic year.

Scholarship Opportunities  

The links below highlight application-based scholarship opportunities, but you should think of your existing St. John’s financial aid—and any additional study abroad grants you’d receive toward a semester abroad—as the “base” for determining how much study abroad will really cost you and your family. For further information, including making a direct comparison between studying abroad and studying in NYC, please contact our colleague in the Office of Student Financial Services: Kayon McKenzie. If you're a veteran interested in studying abroad, please contact Amy Park.

Students from other U.S. universities should also contact their home institution's financial aid office, as well as our Visiting Student pages, for specific information on the type of aid available to each individual.

The Institute of International Education's (IIE) Study Abroad Funding website has a database to help students discover more study abroad program and scholarship opportunities. Students in search of more funding should dedicate some time to researching more opportunities.

The Italian Cultural Center Scholarship

The Italian Cultural Center (ICC) seeks to encourage knowledge of and enthusiasm for Italy by funding talented students who have been accepted to study abroad at St. John’s Rome Campus during the summer, fall or spring sessions. Applicants must be currently matriculated undergraduate students who have completed their first year at St. John’s, have a minimum 3.25 GPA, and have commitment to sharing their learning abroad and their passion for Italy through a project or event upon their return to New York.

This award is applicable to the following St. John’s University programs, with the following awards:
  • Summer Session I or II: $3,000
  • Rome Semester (Discover Italy): $2,000
  • Western Europe Semester (WES): $1,000 (required class: Italian 1010 unless WES: Pharmacy)

To apply, please complete the “ICC Abroad: Passion for Italy” scholarship application and submit it to Here are a few other application details:
  • Be sure to meet the ICC’s application deadlines: Fall semester – April 1; Spring semester - October 1; Summer term – March 1 
  • Print and complete the application:  Italian Cultural Center Scholarship - Application 2019.pdf
  • Write an essay (minimum 250 words) describing your interest in Italy, what you hope to learn inside and outside the classroom, and what you’ll do upon return to New York to “share Italy” with the St. John’s community. Sample projects include: dorm events co-sponsored with RAs, focusing a class project or presentation on Italy, linking with the International House dorm learning community, among many others.
  • Provide one reference letter or email from a St. John’s faculty member with whom you have studied. Letters must be emailed to by the professor writing your recommendation and received by the deadlines listed above.
  • Reminders: to apply, you must be a currently enrolled and matriculated undergraduate of St. John’s University, have completed your first year, and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Upon completion of the time in Rome, recipients will receive an invitation to attend an ICC Welcome Reception where they will meet the ICC Board members and informally talk about their experiences in Rome.


Are all matriculated undergraduates at St. John’s eligible for this program?
  • Nearly… Students may not apply only if they receive full tuition in the form of a scholarship, or if they receive tuition remission (typically through a family member employed at St. John’s).

Do I need to be Italian or Italian-American to apply?
  • Absolutely not! You just need a commitment to learning about Italian culture, then spreading your love of Italy upon your return. 
Email us for more information.
The Licari Scholarship, funded through a generous donation by CCPS Professor of Management & Marketing Andrea Licari, seeks to provide needy undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to study abroad on one of St. John’s short-term faculty-directed program.  The Licari Scholarship will provide 3 to 5 grants of between $500 and $1000 to students demonstrating high financial need to help defray the cost of their participation in a St. John's faculty-directed summer or winter program.  This scholarship is only open to St. John's students studying abroad on a January stand-alone program or a summer program, and may be applied both to our programs at St. John's campuses in Europe (Paris and Rome) or to programs traveling beyond those two cities, such as our programs to Cuba, Argentina and Morocco.


Applicants must:
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • demonstrate financial need.  Priority will be given to students who are considered Pell-eligible. 
Application process:
  • The Office of International Education (OIE) will review student essays and provide recommendations to the Office of Financial Services.
  • The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) will select the final recipients based on OIE recommendations.
  • OSFS will notify successful applicants of their selection. 
Deadline for Application
  • For Winter programs: October 8
  • For Summer programs: March 1

Simply click here to apply online!!

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are available to Pell-eligible students undergraduates who study abroad during the semester, summer, winter and calendar year on a program that is a minimum of three weeks in length.  Read an article on STJ's Three Spring 2017 Winners!

Applications are open for programs that start between May 2020-April 2021. The March 2020 application cycle encompasses Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-2021, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 programs! 

The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11:59 Pacific Time (PT). Gilman does not accept late applications.

For more information, please visit to this Benjamin Gilman Informational Sheet.
And check out the experiences of past recipients on the Gilman Global Experience Blog!

Upcoming Gilman Info Sessions:
Monday, February 10th – Time: 2:00-3:00p Location: OIE Conference Room, Marillac Hall Room 210
Monday, February 27th – Time: 2:00-3:00p Location: OIE Conference Room, Marillac Hall Room 210

When to Apply
  • The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications twice per year.
  • Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program or internship is scheduled to begin.
  • Learn more about the deadline and application timeline at
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Approximately 800 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded during an academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Approximately 25 Critical Need Language Supplements will be offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship 

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

To be eligible for a Gilman-McCain Scholarship, an applicant must be:
  • A citizen of the United States; An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions)
  • Dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard
  • Recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. 
For more information and to apply, please visit the Gilman-McCain Scholarship Website

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring study abroad.  Five scholarships are available each semester. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation students, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply online.

With the support of the United States government and through bi-national partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academia, public service, government, and the arts and continues to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website. More information on St. John's University students who have become Fulbright scholars can be found on our website.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

All US citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution and planning to study abroad in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand are eligible to apply.

The applications for the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are available at
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries. The program is divided into two sections: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health) and HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences).

To be eligible, candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D., be enrolled in an American University, and obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution.

Benefits include a monthly stipend, health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship, and a round-trip ticket to France.

More information can be found on their website.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA is expanding access to education abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and its value to the collective, with scholarships of up to $10,000.

Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those individuals who are destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population. More information can be found on their website. 
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with gofundme and with support from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), has launched the third edition of the France on Campus Award to celebrate and support initiatives that explore France in new and creative ways.

The France on Campus Award 2017 is intended to help student organizations eager to launch or continue a major France-related project on campus by providing a unique package of funding, mentoring and networking. With this support, awardees will be expected to expose new audiences to France and French culture on their campus and beyond.

The Cultural Services will select ten winners to receive a unique package of networking, mentorship, and promotional support for their projects. The first and second place winners will also receive funding to implement their projects.
  • The first place winner will receive a grant of $2,000
  • The second place winner will receive a grant of $1,000
All ten winners will be invited to launch a fundraising campaign on gofundme and will receive the following benefits: mentorship support, promotional and networking support, an award certificate signed by the Ambassador of France to the United States, invitations to selected events organized by the French Embassy and/or consulates for one year.

Think out of the box and bring France to your campus! Applications are open from October 1st to November 1st.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.
Go Overseas, a listing and reviews website for programs abroad, offers $500 scholarships for students planning to study or intern abroad.  For more information and application instructions, as well as helpful tips to approaching scholarship applications, please visit the Go Overseas website
The Institute for International Education offers a great search engine for finding scholarships based on your location of study or your area of academic focus.
In order to facilitate life-changing international experiences, WSA has created the Cultural Bridge Scholarship to allow students the incredible, enriching opportunity to study abroad in Europe. Each semester, scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate strong passion and motivation for international education.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded $500 USD in funds toward their semester abroad. All American undergraduate students with plans to study abroad in Europe are encouraged to apply. WSA Europe will award scholarships based on financial need, passion, and merit.  For full details please visit the WSA website.
Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America has awarded a range of merit-based scholarships in amounts from $4,000 to $25,000 throughout its history. Applicants must be of Italian descent and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution. 

There are two general categories for applicants:
  • Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. There are no specifications on applicants' area of study.
  • Category II: Students from any ethnic background who have a major or minor in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field and who demonstrate both high academic achievement and outstanding potential.
The Bridging Scholarship program will award 75 scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan that begin in Fall 2016. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.

Click here for more details.
Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. 

Click here for more details.
The ItaliaRail Scholarship is for students studying in Italy. Students may apply for a $1,000 scholarship towards their study abroad program.
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a non-profit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. HI USA has created the Explore the World Travel Scholarship, which awards recipients $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary. More information can be found on their website.

Applicants must be 18-30 years of age, permanent residents of the US and be a current Pell Grant recipient.   
LIVFund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America.

LIVFund has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance in order to offset program or living abroad expenses. Our goal is to help others get the most out of their experience abroad. LIVFund is excited to offer its scholarship in 21 countries including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. LIVFund will award two scholarships per month to selected recipients in the amount of $500 USD each. Additional eligibility requirements can be found on their website.

Applications are open year-round, beginning 6 months in advance of the candidate's program start date.
At FlipKey values the importance of travel and cultural immersion as a way to learn about the world firsthand. To encourage this, they are awarding one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards studying abroad. From tuition costs to plane tickets and spontaneous excursions in between, the scholarship money can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad. Information on how to apply can be found on their website.


The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Winners of the scholarship will receive $1,000 and a Tortuga backpack. Funds will be sent directly to the winner's study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made. Additional information can be found on their website.



NAFSA: Association for International Educators provides a list of funding resources for students participating in all types of programs abroad.  We encourage you to read through each resource description to see how each award may apply to your own program abroad.
This scholarship is designed to help students who are passionate about traveling. 

To apply for this scholarship, students need to submit a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled. Applications will be judged on creativity & originality and the winner will be awarded $500 to be used towards their educational expense. All students over the age of 18 years and are currently enrolled in any School/University across the world, for any course/program are eligible for this scholarship.

For more information click here.
This scholarship is designed to help students who are passionate about traveling. 

To apply for this scholarship, students need to submit a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled. Applications will be judged on creativity & originality and the winner will be awarded $500 to be used towards their educational expense. All students over the age 18 years and are currently enrolled in any School/University across the world, for any course/program are eligible for this scholarship.

For more information click here.